Shows: April 17, 2007

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AerosolArabic
South Asian Art from the U.K. to the U.S.

Reel Desis: British South Asian Film

Over the past decade, South Asians in Britain have produced a remarkable cultural movement, including indie films addressing race, religion, and post-9/11 tensions. "Emergences and Emergencies: New South Asian Film-Making from Britain," a film fest at NYU this weekend, will screen some of the most celebrated films like My Son the Fanatic and The Road to Guantanamo, as well as flicks rarely seen in the U.S., like the documentary Bradford Riots and the drama England Expects. NYU professor and film critic SUKHDEV SANDHU, who curated the series, joins us tonight for a preview.

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Graffiti as Knowledge: AerosolArabic in the U.S.

AerosolArabic is the tag that Birmingham, England based artist Mohammed Ali has given to his fusion of graffiti and Islamic art. Ali connects graffiti and Arabic calligraphy in vibrantly-hued spray-painted images with a root connection: the written word. Now, Ali is bringing his “calligraffiti” States-side, in a four-city "Arts and Islam" tour. Last Friday in Chicago, however, his mural project with a local mosque was put on hold after an anonymous caller complained about it, mistaking letters in the word Salaam for the Twin Towers. We'll talk to Ali about his plan to work with Bronx youth on a mural, as well as how he sees his work as a medium for unity, peace, and respect.

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SAWCC Women: Ten Years of South Asian Art

Ten years ago, women from a variety of disciplines and interests—educators, writers, musicians, and poets—formed the South Asian Women's Creative Collective as an alternative space to promote visibility. Now SAWCC is celebrating its anniversary with a series of public events, entitled "Then and Now," including an Evening of Short Readings this Friday at the Asian American Writers Workshop. Stay tuned for poetry from two of SAWCC’s members

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